Before Prime Minister Narendra announced the 21-day lockdown on 24 March springing a surprise on the daily-wage worker, who was now left with two choices – either to remain destitute in the city for that period or walk hundreds of kilometres to their homes – three buses had arrived in Malda, West Bengal with daily-wage labourers who had been working in Kerala. Their employer, Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), had booked the buses to take the labourers back to their homes. The COVID-19 cases were rising in Kerala and worksites were closing. That’s when a few of the 2500 ‘guest workers’ employed by ULCCS said they would like to return home. The trains were full, so the cooperative arranged the buses. The others stayed back in Kerala in the accommodation provided by ULCCS, which also provides them with free food.
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Anil Varghese is Editor (English), Forward Press
Why this celebration of death?
There is no intention to hurt anyone behind the idea to celebrate the martyrdom day of Mahishasura. In fact, we’ve set aside this day to reflect on why we lost. We are told our hero was killed through deceit, and/but we are still being deceived
मानगढ़ में भील आदिवासियों का विद्रोह, मांग रहा इतिहास से इंसाफ
मानगढ़ धाम 17 नवंबर, 1913 की उस घटना का साक्षी है जिसमें अंग्रेजों ने पंद्रह सौ से अधिक आदिवासियों की जान ले ली थी। लेकिन इतिहास में इसका जिक्र तक नहीं है। क्या इस घटना की उपेक्षा इसलिए की गई क्योंकि इसमें शहीद हुए लोग आदिवासी थे जबकि जालियांवाला बाग में मारे गए लोग गैर-आदिवासी थे? सवाल उठा रहे हैं जनार्दन गोंड